Chicago Cubs: Get ready for some high-intensity action
St. Louis enters the weekend ready to close the book in May. After a scorching 18-7 April, Mike Shildt’s team fell flat on their face this month, playing to the tune of a record of 8-18 entering Friday’s opener. Chicago holds a 4 1/2 game advantage over the Redbirds – but haven’t been turning many heads themselves, either.
The Cubs are 16-11 in the month of May, but are just 4-6 in their last 10. Pitching has been a major issue of late, despite the team’s 3.81 ERA this month – which ranks third in the NL. Getting longevity out of the starters and adding Pedro Strop back to the bullpen would go a long way in calming fans worried over those back-to-back series losses.
All in all, you can always count on high-energy, high-intensity baseball when these two teams hook up. Chicago can do damage to the Cardinals’ postseason chances if they handle business – but if we know anything about this St. Louis club, they’ll bring their best against the North Siders.